Visiting Israel : SISAI and MELTING SIBERIA
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2007 7:30 PM PDT
Skirball Cultural Center - LA Magnin Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
Like all nations in the global economy, Israel faces myriad economic and demographic pressures in the twenty-first century. This film series explores the current state of immigration in Israel through the lens of four contemporary Israeli filmmakers. Representing both the diversity and the difficulties of modern-day life, their works portray a cross-section of the many people who now call Israel home.
Presented in association with the exhibition The Art of Vintage Israeli Travel Posters, on display through July 8.
In Sisai, the title character, an Ethiopian Jew living in Israel, learns the whereabouts of his biological father in Ethiopia. Together with his adoptive father and his brother, filmmaker David Gavro, Sisai embarks on an unforgettable journey that illuminates his immigrant identity. First-prize documentary winner at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. (2005, 54 min. In Hebrew and Amharic with English subtitles.)
Melting Siberia tells the story of Marina Haar, who is content in Israel not knowing the identity of her Russian father. But when her grown son, Ido Haar, the film’s director, asks to locate his grandfather, a single phone call melts away the distance between Israel and Siberia. (2004, 75 min. In Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles.)
“Beautiful and deeply moving.”—Ha'aretz, about Melting Siberia